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Awaken Cafe

Awaken Cafe

Coffee Shop, Music Venue, and Bar$$$$
Uptown, Oakland
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8.3/10
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  • Chris M.
    ""happyhour" is current wi-fi password"(2 Tips)
    Justin S.
    "Nice espresso drinks, friendly people."(5 Tips)
    Julia Q.
    "Good cafe with hipster ambiance and music."(4 Tips)
    Van L.
    "Great coffee and scones!"(2 Tips)
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  • Alex M.
    Alex MartinSeptember 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Good location, colorful crowd, tasty sandwiches and open late. What's not to like? Big tables are good for sharing so don't bother stuffing yourself into one of those little penalty desks by the door.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KimAugust 10, 2014
    Great spot to study. Got a lot of worker bees here so there's a good balance of ambient cafe chatter and noise that's not too loud.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableNovember 15, 2014
    Kyle Itani, owner of Hopscotch and Oakland enthusiast, recommends Awaken Cafe this weekend. He says, "It's a great neighborhood spot--they make a killer iced coffee." Read more
  • heathr g.
    heathr goldJune 7, 2013
    Nice place to work. I don't recommend the food or service though. But if you just want a place to work w wifi that hosts good community events, check it out
  • Meitar M.
    Meitar MoscovitzMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of power outlets and plenty of table space make this a great work spot. There's free Wi-Fi too. The wifi password is: doubleespresso
  • Arthur M.
    Arthur MitchellJanuary 15, 2012
    Real hole in the wall place but the coffee is well prepared from the very best organic ingredients. Strauss Family Organic Milk! YUMMY
  • Nick Q.
    Nick QuinlanNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They have board games you can play! Settlers of Catan, Apples to Apples, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Scategories, Cranium, and Pictionary.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WheelerNovember 3, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The vegetarian options—especially the empanada and the sesame tofu sandwich—are worth a try.
  • Emily C.
    Emily CastorSeptember 7, 2014
    I almost jumped for joy when I found out they had gluten free raspberry scones. With Four Barrel coffee = bliss.
  • Jeanine S.
    Jeanine ShimatsuJanuary 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They have some cool events, but some of the staff is kinda snobby, it's uncomfortably jam packed with tables, and food and drink are too expensive considering those things.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanJuly 19, 2015
    Nice espresso drinks, friendly people. Social (has a no device policy sometimes).
  • Brooks J.
    Brooks JordanJune 7, 2016
    I like this place. Down to earth feel. It's going to take off as Broadway gets more and more popular.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyJanuary 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Avocado toast, the shit. Try it with the olive tapenade, the perfect pairing
  • Julia Q.
    Julia QiuFebruary 27, 2014
    Good cafe with hipster ambiance and music. Not too crowded!
  • Sabina T.
    Sabina TajDecember 20, 2012
    Best Mocha I've ever had and the kale quiche was yummy.
  • Carrie S.
    Carrie SmithAugust 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They give out doggy treats whenever I am walking my dog. I love it. Best coffee shop around.
  • Frankie W.
    Frankie WarrenSeptember 7, 2014
    Order sandwiches & salads online weekdays from 11AM to 2PM.
  • Erik M.
    Erik MoeFebruary 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Awaken is going wifi-free part of the week. I'm in favor of unplugging, but you might want to call ahead if you're counting on wifi.
  • Cap G.
    Cap GravellyAugust 9, 2013
    They've been known to go pretty heavy on the Hall & Oates and the Michael McDonald.
  • David P.
    David PriceApril 1, 2012
    If there is anything that even remotely resembles a line, don't bother you'll be in it for 20 mins before you can get a cup of coffee.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HarrisonMarch 29, 2015
    Tried to get some reading done but was distracted by the great Riot Grrl playlist. A+.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GoldenFebruary 3, 2015
    Beginning 2/1/15 now wifi free from Wed-Sat. From Sun-Tues the password is now americano
  • JD L.
    JD LewinDecember 1, 2014
    Great space for shoving a toastie in your face.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KimFebruary 21, 2015
    FYI. No wifi on Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WeathersSeptember 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Good spot and decent coffee, but the music is always so bad that I have to leave.
  • Natasha P.
    Natasha PratsSeptember 24, 2014
    Okay spot to work. Free Wi-Fi but limited outlets. Not a great food selection, but good drinks
  • Fawziah Q.
    Fawziah QadirSeptember 16, 2013
    Came in 10 minutes before close. The staff was so rude and rushed us even though were taking it to go. Then ordered a hot chocolate and its just steamed milk with no flavor. This place sucks!
  • Brian F.
    Brian FitzgeraldJune 10, 2014
    If all of us stare really hard at the lone guy monopolizing the one big square table he'll eventually feel uncomfortable and move. Right?
  • Steve D.
    Steve DeanApril 18, 2014
    Wifi network: Coffee House --- Wifi password: oaktowncoffee
  • Antone J.
    Antone JohnsonJanuary 7, 2013
    Password changes periodically. Ask for the latest.
  • Nailphoria Day S.
    Nailphoria Day SpaJanuary 27, 2012
    Another AWESOME coffee spot in dt Oakland!
  • Johnny V.
    Johnny VolkDecember 14, 2013
    Granola for breakfast, highly recommended.
  • Alex A.
    Alex AnokhinFebruary 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great latte every time!
  • EatMeDrinkMeNYC
    EatMeDrinkMeNYCMay 29, 2012
    Jeremy can make you a great cortado!
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BudlongJuly 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    New wifi code: oaklandmusic
  • Anna H.
    Anna HenningsMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour Mon-Thurs 5pm to close!
  • Alex M.
    Alex MilesAugust 12, 2015
    This cafe has so many rules.
  • Andy M.
    Andy McCaslandNovember 8, 2014
    WiFi password is now coffeeshop
  • Jahvita R.
    Jahvita RastafariApril 27, 2012
    Best Chai nice and spicy
  • Van L.
    Van LyNovember 19, 2014
    Great coffee and scones!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MorganMay 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    "happyhour" is current wi-fi password
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole CifaniFebruary 9, 2015
    Wifi pass: americano
  • Neil B.
    Neil BuckmanOctober 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Coffee black, enough said.
  • Geo
    GeoJanuary 5, 2013
    New wifi password: "icedcoffee"
  • Brian F.
    Brian FitzgeraldJune 10, 2014
    New password craftbeer
  • megan g.
    megan grovesJanuary 4, 2014
    Don't come for the espresso.
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WilsonFebruary 1, 2015
    Essentially everything
  • Naomi M.
    Naomi MostJune 21, 2013
    The chicken salad is a lie.
  • Morgan H.
    Morgan HollandAugust 7, 2014
    Great iced coffee
  • Mariko T.
    Mariko TamakiJune 7, 2013
    Food is overpriced. Basically variations on veg and bread.
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